Stefan M. Neely March 20, 1999 - Aug. 10, 2014 SOUTH BEND - Stefan M. Neely, 15, of South Bend, Indiana, went home with Jesus on Sunday, August 10, 2014, in Memorial Hospital, South Bend. Affectionately known as "Diddy,", Stefan was born March 20, 1999, into the heart and home of Sheila Neely and Family. He was a very caring and loving young man who loved people. He loved school because that's where all of his friends were. His best friends were Curtis Anderson, Serena Hallie, Allison Swartz and Brandy Miller. He played Wheelchair Basketball for the River City Rollers and Sled-Hockey for the Irish Rovers. He enjoyed video games (the "Madden" series). He attended South Bend Career Academy and one of his dreams after graduation was to become a sports coach (basketball and football). His great love for his family was evident when everyone came together for socials and other family gatherings. Stefan is survived by his loving mother, Sheila Neely; 2 brothers: Mark Anthony Smith Sr., Jeffery Neal Sr.; 1 sister: Camriss Herron; aunts and uncles: Michael (Evangeline) Neal, Robert (Brenda) Neal, Stanton (Diane) Neal; cousins: Angela Harris, Wendy Harris and Shayne Harris; nieces and nephews: Shawnna Neal, Chanel Neal, Hailee (Mark) Phillips, Jekala Neal, Destiny Collins, Mark Anthony Smith Jr., Jeffery Neal Jr.; great-niece, Victoria Belcher; along with a host of other friends who will surely miss him. Services will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at the Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home, South Bend. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Sign his guestbook at www.clarkoneal.com. Monetary contributions may be made in the name of Stefan M. Neely to South Bend Career Academy, 3801 Crescent Circle, South Bend, Indiana 46628. The Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Aug. 14, 2014